Breaking Out of the Worship Formula
Growing up in a small Baptist church helped me learn something at an early age: Our gatherings as the Church tend toward formula. There are lots of reasons for it. It's easier. It's comfortable. It's predictable. It fits inside of our "boxes." It's replicable. It allows us to attempt to recapture meaningful moments of the past.
It happened again this morning. I came into work, Starbucks in tow, turned on my laptop, and immediately brought up my e-mail. As I scanned my inbox to see what I had missed in the 14 hours I had been away from my desk, I saw a few invitations from people who wanted to be a part of my Facebook family. Not sure if you take part in the social networking stuff of our world like MySpace and Facebook, but in my line of work, it's downright necessary.
Do You Feel Like Worshipping?
Let's be honest. How often do you really feel like worshipping in church? Don't worry; it's just you and me here. Nobody to impress. What kinds of messages typically fly unabated through your mind when, at 10:30 on Sunday morning, your church's worship leader utters those two fateful words: "Let's stand"?
Thus the war begins within us each week. Our sedentary frame suddenly feels about as easy to raise as the Titanic.
It was an honest mistake. I don't know how it happened.
I am slowly, but surely, turning into what can only be termed as a coffee snob. As the years have progressed, my palate has become much more discriminating when it comes to a cup of joe.
What’s All the Racket?
The danger comes when we put worship in a box. The reason we do this is because it’s easier to control this way. We love worship… on our terms.
Why and How We Worship
Over the years I have sought to teach people both why we worship and how to worship. Worship has often been misunderstood as the musical prelude to the sermon, rather than the means by which we, as the people of God, invite the dominion of His kingdom to be established on earth.
Last summer, I had the opportunity to lead a group of students and youth leaders to the country of Honduras for a missions trip. It probably goes without saying, but I will say it nonetheless: We had an incredible time.